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Inhaca Island - Mozambique

It is a subtropical island of Mozambique off the East African coast. The 52 sq km Island separates Maputo Bay (Baía de Maputo) to the west from the Indian Ocean off its eastern shores. The island's irregular coastline approaches mainland Machangulo Peninsula at Ponta Torres where a 500m-wide tidal race separates the two headlands. In administrative terms Inhaca is a municipal district of the municipality of Maputo, while the Machangulo peninsula is included under the Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation Area and is part of the district of Matutuíne, Maputo Province. The Island is regular destination for ecotourists and ecological researchers. The central land area consists of cultivated fields, while grassy plains are found to the north, flanked by protected usnea-covered dune forests along the eastern and western shores. Extensive exposed mudflats fringe the western and southern shores at low tide. Three undamaged coral reefs flank the island's western perimeters, all of which are protected marine reserves. Mangroves cover large sections of the northern shores and southern Saco Bay.

Among 160 coral species, are Staghorn and Plate corals. Conspicuous fish are Moray eel, Potato bass, Barracuda and Kingfish. Others present are Brindle bass, Scorpion fish, Butterfly fish, Puffer fish, Parrot fish and Sea horses. Whale sharks and Manta rays visit in summer. Humpback Whales migrate seasonally past these shores. Resident populations of the Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphin and the Indian Ocean bottlenose dolphin occur in the waters around the island. The bottlenose dolphin's abundance fluctuates seasonally, increasing during the austral winter. The humpback dolphin is more resident, living in extremely shallow inshore areas of the western and southern coasts, and form larger groups (11-14 dolphins) than recorded elsewhere in southern Africa. Bottlenose dolphins frequent the waters of the northwestern coast, and their group size varies largely from individuals and pairs to hundreds of dolphins. Two species of Sea turtles (loggerheads and leatherbacks) visit the eastern shores in summer to breed.

Inhaca is home to about 300 bird species, both resident and migratory. Species of conservation concern are the Pink-backed Pelican, Lesser Crested Tern, Crab Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Mongolian Plover, Terek Sandpiper, Southern Banded Snake Eagle, Mangrove Kingfisher, Grey-rumped Swallow and Spotted Ground-Thrush. The southerly Nhaquene Swamp and Saco Bay are strongholds for the Sooty Falcon, while Terns roost on northerly Portuguese Island. Bird species of limited distribution are Rudd's Apalis, Neergaard's Sunbird and Pink-throated Twinspot. House Crows are present since the 1970's. Inhaca Island is easily accessible by boat or ferry from the capital of Mozambique, Maputo


1. Pestana Inhaca Lodge Island Resort is situated on the beachfront, amongst coconut palm groves and luxuriant tropical vegetation.

2. Hotel Cardoso is just a 5 minute drive from the CBD of Maputo, Mozambique and also 15 minutes from Mayalane International Airport.

3. Polana Hotel in the heart of Maputo on one of the city’s most desirable avenues, between Sommerschield and Polana

4. Pestana Rovuma. Located in the heart of Maputo, in front of the old Cathedral (Sé), the Rovuma Carlton is a modern and unique city Hotel that combines comfort with an African atmosphere.

5. Manico Camp is located in Mozambique, on Inhaca Island

6. Ramos Ram Campus is a peaceful and quite place, away from the hustle and bustle of Cities.



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